Kara and Christian met through mutual friends years ago, and each separately knew that the other was who they wanted to marry. Christian and Kara both work from home, so they are able to spend one on one time with their children, and devote the time needed to attend to every dance class, therapy and school function. An occasional date night sneaks in every so often too! Christian and Kara’s belief in God is a mutual one, and has been part of their marriage and family foundation their entire marriage with all life’s ups and downs. They know that it has been through Their belief in Him that they are where they are today. They have now been married 14 years and have 4 beautiful daughters, all of which are so excited to become big sisters, yet again!
After the birth of daughter number 3, who was born with Down syndrome, their families hearts became opened to a whole new world of love and learning. The thought of adoption had always been in the back of their minds, but didn’t think it would ever be possible.
This year every thing lined up perfectly, and God provided the way for the Barratt family to finally adopt. They knew for sure it was going to be another child with DS and that they were going to travel far to bring her home. They are so very excited to meet their little sweetheart and catch her up on the love and kisses she has been missing for so long. Prayers for their little one would be so appreciated, to keep her healthy and strong while they wait for that big day when she can come home!
12/10/2019 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED
Dan and Tara Brooke are parents of four beautiful children. The oldest three were born biologically to the Brooke family, while their fourth, was born in their hearts. In 2016 the Brooke family was gifted with their youngest child, George, through adoption. Dan and Tara had felt a call to adopt, but didn’t know exactly what that meant until 2014 when they felt the call to adopt a child with Down Syndrome. George was an instant match to the Brooke family and has been such a tremendous gift to their lives. He has gifted them with more joy and love than they ever imagined. In late 2018 the Brooke’s felt a call again. They were unsure how they were going to make adoption work financially in their lives again, but knew that they were supposed to adopt once again. Early in 2019 they began that process. They have been matched to Zack Qi and are in the midst of dossier and immigration paperwork. They hope to travel late 2019 or early 2020 to bring Zack home to their family and make him a Brooke too! Zack is already a member of their family, the love is already there, they cannot wait to hold him, love him, and care for him.
12/18/2019 — LOA RECEIVED
We are the Browns! We are a family of 14 hoping to add one more to our crazy, wonderful life. Daniel and Svetlana met in Russia. Daniel was serving there as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. After a year of being back in the United States, Daniel asked Svetlana to come here and be his wife. They have been married for over 22 years and have 12 amazing children ages: 5, 8, 9, 9, 12, 13, 14, 14, 16, 18, 20, 25.
Daniel is the oldest of 10 children. So, a big family is not a big deal to him. Daniel is also a high school teacher, and a Robotics Club Coach. Which, of course, helps in dealing with lots of children and the chaos that can ensue.
Svetlana grew up in Russia and is an only child. She always dreamed of a big family and adopting from an orphanage. She has taken several medical classes to help prepare her for the special needs of each child.
Their children are excited to have new siblings to love. Although the three oldest children are out of the home; They come back to visit, and help out, as often as possible. All of the children enjoy being able to love, work with, and watch the development of those less fortunate. They are looking forward to the great service of compassion that they will be able to give these special children.
The Brown family is hoping to add baby Kellen to their family. This precious child is in great need. He needs to come home soon, and get the medical attention they deserve, the love they need, and a family that has chosen them.
12/2/2019 — USCIS APPROVED
Amy & Kyle are so excited to welcome their first child into their lives through adoption! When they first began dating it was clear that they both wanted children and that they both had dreamed of growing their family through adoption. For Christmas one year Kyle gave Amy a card with appointments scheduled at multiple adoption information sessions and so began their journey to beginning their family!
After lots and lots of research and exploration of many many countries, they decided to adopt from South Korea where Kyle’s grandmother and mother were born. They love the idea of their child growing up around people who share their heritage and will help to preserve some of their culture.
Kyle has his master’s degree in international public health and now serves his local community empowering residents to make healthier lifestyle and food choices. Amy has her BA in Social Science with a concentration in Anthropology. She found her passion in photography and loves documenting weddings of the various cultures in California. Kyle and Amy both have a love of the world and they look forward to exposing their child to lots of travel both to South Korea and beyond while also focusing on loving our local community and bettering the world both near and far.
They have recently completed their home study and are approved to adopt a single child or twins and are open to special needs. Cardiac special needs are particularly close to their heart since Amy was diagnosed with an Arrythmia that was operated on shortly after they were married. That led them to discovering an amazing cardiac care team at Stanford hospital (who already know about and are so excited for the adoption) that would be a great resource for any heart related special needs their child may have.
They expect their dossier to be sent to South Korea soon and are so excited to learn who their child will be!
Amy & Kyle will be adding updated posts to their blog as things progress. If you would like to come along on this journey, please follow their blog. As always, your thoughts and prayers are greatly appreciated! Thank you in advance for coming along with us on this amazing journey!
11/27/2019 — OFFICIALLY MATCHED in SEPT
Hi, we are the Cochran family, Mike, Grace, Natalie (5), and Jason (3). We are a military family stationed on the beautiful island of Okinawa. Mike is an EOD tech (explosive ordinance disposal) in the US Marine Corps. He has served 10 years and plans to retire. Grace is a stay at home homeschooling mama. We have been married for 9 years. We have had a heart for adoption for a very long time but it wasn’t until this year that we felt God telling us that it was our time. We took a leap of faith with a whole lot of nothing in our pocket back in June of this year. We watched God use what little we had and multiply it. Within a months’ time we had enough to fund our first payment and homestudy for our China adoption. In July Mike came home from deployment and we got to work. Within a month’s time we managed to compile our dossier and complete our homestudy (yes it is doable!) During that time frame I came across an advocacy post for this precious little girl with Down Syndrome. We knew she was the one! She will be 2 years old this October and shares the same birthday as her soon to be daddy. We hope to travel early next year. This journey has not been easy and we still have so far to go but every day is one step closer to her. We know that God has such amazing plans for her life, so much bigger and more beautiful than we can imagine. Thank you for the honor of sharing our story with you. Most importantly thank you for the prayers and support.
9/16/2019 — HOMESTUDY & DOSSIER COMPLETE;
AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
Roderick and Melissa have been happily married for eight years and reside in a small town in Illinois with their five wonderful children Adeson (12), Emery (11), Jacob (9), Ella Grace (7) and Casey(5). Four of their five children were adopted internationally, two from China and two from Ethiopia. Rod and Melissa have been committed to adoption, and both they and their extended families have been foster parents, adoptive parents, and advocates for humanitarian and children’s rights. They are also parents to Melissa’s seven children from her first marriage of 17 years Brandon (34), Ryan (deceased), Alex (25), Matthew (23), Sara (20), Emily (17) and Antonio (17), Alex, and Antonio were also adopted, one at age eight and one at age four from Russia and Guatemala. They believe their family is their calling and feel blessed to have had the blessing of family and friends throughout their life journey.
The cost and process of international adoption, while intimidating they believe is far worth the journey. Rod and Melissa believe that completing their family through adoption is the right thing for them and are very excited about bringing home their new son who they found through Reece’s Rainbow, whom they will call Noah. If you can help them support their adoption journey, their family would be grateful.
You can also follow their journey at https://www.facebook.com/rockwellhopkinsfamily/
12/23/2019 — LOA RECEIVED
The Rockwell-Hopkins family met their $5000 matching grant from RODS Racing!
We started this journey to grow our family through adoption March 1st,2018 answering the call to adoption. We began the paperwork trail for homestudy and were joyed to have found a beautiful little Down syndrome girl “Penny” that we began to advocate for and had moved on to the adoption list (She was placed in a facility that was for the “UNADOPTABLES, UNWANTED, NOBOBY WOULD EVER WANT”). We then completed our home study applying for grant after grant being turned down but continued to do yard sales, and fundraiser after fundraiser to meet our next deadline of financials of a total of $12,600. February 1st is when our family was register with the foreign government to adopt that registration would be the start of a really long wait. In February our Journey was turned upside down with the announcement that our family would have to switch agencies and start over to continue the Journey! We could not STOP. We did not give up on the HOPE God had placed on our hearts for a child, and now a child that we had gotten moved because she was worthy, ALL the Children at that facility is worthy and belong and families and not be left to die. We drained our savings and everything that we had saved that we had hoped would finished our adoption, and started over! Literally started over including a Homestudy update! Time completely seemed to slow down and myself and husband began to wonder if our hopes and our PROMISE of adopting would ever happen.
On Aug. 16th,2019 we received I 800 A approval; August 19th,2019 We received the long awaited approval from the foreign government allowing us to move forward and finally match with a child. Our family had prayed many times that God would ready the child that we were to have when we Got approval. Particularly, That God would shield little Penny, and that she would be ready for us to match with (This was momma’s prayer. You know its funny how sometimes we ask specifics from God but we keep saying LORD YOUR WILL! He quickly reminded me that I had limited him and that he was writing this story and I had done just what I needed to do at this point and I just needed to BOW down to him and he had it from there.)
Our family had advocated for Penny and where was she? She was not on the list and this was hard to understand why had all this time had passed and she was not on the list when we felt strongly she was ours. No she was not ours she. We had gotten her listed because with her NOT listed she had no hope. We were her fight to get on that list. We did just what a advocate is suppose to do fight for the defenseless. God had destined us to match the beautiful little girl that he had picked out for our family before time. She is a bright brown eyed girl with brown hair and glasses and a smile that just illuminated our hearts. Her name will be Piper. This is the child we had prayed for. We signed the papers and are now needing the final funds. Our family has already been accepted for two grants for travel so literally we are just needing to meet this final hurdle of $5,000 to bring her home. Piper is 6 year old, she has Down syndrome, congenital heart disease, possible hearing loss in left ear. There is still some uncertainty with her medical but even more urgent need to get her here so we can get her the medical attention that is needed!
We have given everything to GOD and we know that he WILL PROVIDE.
12/16/2019 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED; WAITING on COURT
Jonathan and Erin are so excited about growing their family through the journey of adoption! The possibility of adoption first came about when Erin stumbled upon the Reece’s Rainbow Instagram page via a previous adoptive family. As she was scrolling through pictures of adoptable children, two adorable brothers caught her eye. After a few weeks of contemplation, she showed the brothers’ picture to Jonathan. He immediately felt the same way she did when he saw their picture. After much research, discussion and prayer, Erin and Jonathan decided to dive in to the adoption process head first! They feel strongly that there was a reason that the picture caught their eye in the beginning, and they have trusted in that reason throughout the whole process! Both Jonathan and Erin’s families are very excited and supportive of the couple’s decision to adopt.
Jonathan and Erin are in the process of finalizing their homestudy and are excited to keep moving forward throughout the process. Any help we receive will be so greatly appreciated! We are looking forward to sharing our story and joy throughout the adoption process.
1/21/2020 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED
We are the Woertman family and we are having so much fun with our children that we decided we needed one more. We are hoping to adopt a little girl with Down Syndrome. We live in the great state of North Carolina. We have 5 adult children, 5 school aged children and four Grandchildren.
Fred just finished up his 25th year of teaching middle school. He is often called the “kid whisperer.” He really understands middle schoolers. Between having kids, Candy taught 13 years, but has now put her teaching career on hold while her kids are little. She is currently a Teacher’s Assistant at the elementary school that all five little ones attend.
We are excited to be on this adoption journey one more time. We are also hoping to be matched with the little girl that Candy has had on her heart for almost two years.
11/19/2019 — DOSSIER EN ROUTE
We are Danielle & Nick Muzzey. We love children and have 5 wonderful bio kids. We would have had more if God would have chose to continue to bless us, but that was not his plan so we accepted that our family was complete and was thankful for how blessed we truly were.
Somehow while on Facebook I stumbled across Reece’s Rainbow, and it soon become my favorite part of Facebook. I admired these families that so unselfishly gave so much to make a difference in the life of a child that others just discarded. I love to follow the stories and families and often thought wow they are such amazing people but I knew that there was no way that my family could ever pull this kind of thing together. We weren’t your typical adopting type of family. We don’t have 30k laying around, we don’t drive brand new vehicles, we don’t have a huge house, so I would sit, watch and pray from a distance. Until that day….that 1 video that caught my eye and melted my heart. Something about her, she was perfect. I prayed for that little one nightly that God would bring her a family and he did, but was soon relisted not just once or twice but a number of times. Why? Why does this child continue to be let down?
That’s it no more!! I had to do something, she was running out of time, a transfer to an adult institution is inevitable. That can not happen. Back to praying I went and the answer was soon very clear. All those other families fell through because she was meant to be our daughter. Hubby was not so sure he was more practical and thought that I may be going crazy. He had legitimate concerns. Where will the money come from? Can we handle her disability? Who will care for her when we are gone? It took about 2 months of praying that God would reach him and he did. God is Good.
We are going to follow by faith, pray and believe that God will provide. There is a princess waiting across the seas that deserves so much more then what life has handed her. She is already loved and does not even know it. She needs us as much as we need her.
Please pray that this process goes quickly and smoothly to bring our daughter home. If you feel led and are able to donate any amount will make a huge difference in our journey. Thank you and God bless.
12/10/2019 — APPT in MID-JANUARY
The Myatt family has been involved in the hosting and adoption world since 2014. Due to changes in many countries, the Myatt’s have decided to adopt from Colombia. Adoption has been a dream of Stephanie’s since she was a young girl in 5th grade. Tommy and Stephanie have been married for 13 years and have 3 biological children: Dylan (15), Bryson (11) and Cohen (8).
Tommy is a Calibrations Engineer for a titanium company where he has worked for almost 13 years. Stephanie is a homeschool mom and also works for a non-profit agency. With baseball for Dylan, science for Bryson and football for Cohen, the family’s life is full, but they are so excited to welcome a sweet girl into their family now. They welcome all the pink and frilly things into their world!!
The Myatt’s have chosen to host their child this summer while finishing up adoption paperwork. Due to the way things work in Colombia this will streamline the process. They will have their dossier ready to submit to Colombia in July when the children arrive for hosting. They anticipate traveling in late fall. They are anxiously filling out paperwork and raising funds to bring their daughter home and would appreciate your love, prayers and support.
12/20/2019 — DOSSIER APPROVED; OFFICIALLY MATCHED
Melanie and Luke Dabbs have been best friends since their senior year of high school. The two met at a church they were both attending in 2010, and have been inseparable ever since! After courting for 7 years, they were married in Raleigh, NC in April, 2017. They now live in Raleigh with their corgi-terrier mix, Kona. They both love superheroes, Disney movies, cosplaying, traveling, and board games. Melanie is a teacher of the Deaf and hard of hearing, and teaches at a middle school. Luke is a Real Estate photographer and just graduated from NC State University with a major in Spanish. Melanie and Luke love language, traveling, and different cultures, and are excited to get to know their adopted child’s home country and culture.
Since Melanie was a little girl, she has dreamed of growing her family through adoption. It was something she talked to Luke about before they were married, and they were both in agreement that they would adopt someday. However, with all of the country requirements, such as age and length of marriage, just out of reach, they were prepared to have to wait to start their adoption journey for several years. That’s when Melanie’s friend announced that she would be adopting from a small orphanage in a West African country. After asking some questions, Melanie realized that she and Luke also met the country requirements for adopting from this country! They looked at a picture of some of the children who also lived in that orphanage, and fell in love with a little boy named Sid.
Sid is an adorable 5-year-old boy who loves Spider-Man, cars, and turtles. Melanie and Luke have been able to talk to him twice a month, and the first time they spoke to him, he said, “I love you, Mom and Dad!”. That is a moment the two of them will never forget!
Sid was badly burned as a toddler, and currently does not have use of his hands. He needs several surgeries to loosen scar tissue and allow his body to grow properly, as well as give him back the use of his hands. He also needs a family to love him and hold him through his medical journey! Melanie and Luke are so excited to meet their little guy and bring him home!
9/25/2019 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED & OFFICIAL REFERRAL RECEIVED
They are stepping again … This will be Dennis & Cindy’s 4th Adoption. In 2012 their first Adoption Journey was for their little Adalyn in Russia. They traveled in December, spent a week with their precious little one, while they were with Adalyn the threat of the Ban was circulating. The Judge was trying to get them back quickly for Court. But a week after their return home the Ban became law and Adoptions were stopped in Russia. They did everything they could, gathering with the other families that also had children behind the Orphanage Gates in Russia, meeting with our Government, Praying, Believing. Adalyn is now 8 years old still in an Orphanage, we still Believe for the day she will come through the Orphanage Gates & Home.
In 2014 God brought two little ones Abraham & Sarah. They knew the two little ones were their son & daughter and on January 7, 2014 they Committed to adopt two little ones in Ukraine, just 2 & 3 years old, biological siblings. A month after starting their Adoption the War broke out in Ukraine and the two little ones were in one of the 3 Cities where the War was. Dennis & Cindy still continued, Believing, listening to God, knowing He would bring their babies home. On May 7 their paperwork was submitted and on June 7 they got travel dates. But soon were told they could not travel due to active bombing in their children’s city. God spoke through it all & they Believed, Prayed, clung to their Faith & never gave up. On Dec. 4, 2014 just as God had spoken, Abraham & Sarah took their first steps in America, their Home. God did Miracle after Miracle in protecting, bringing them out of a War zone and brought them Home just as He spoke & Promised… They will be Home for CHRISTmas, and they were.
In February of 2016 God brought another little one to Dennis & Cindy. Little Ayden … Ayden’s adoption was another Journey of Trusting God, watching, Trusting and seeing once again His perfect timing , Miracles. On December 7, 2017 little Ayden took his first steps on American soil.
When Dennis & Cindy were in Ayden’s adoption God brought a little 10 year into their Home through Hosting , little did they know then what God’s plan was. They Hosted this precious little boy now turning 13 in March 7 times in their Home. God is still unfolding His plan for this little boy in their family.
Then in October of 2018 God brought a little girl, Little “A” just 6 years old. While following another family’s Adoption Cindy saw on their page this little one, they were looking for a family to Host her for CHRISTmas… Little A was their Sarah, she could be Sarah’s Twin. When Cindy showed her video to Abraham, Sarah & Ayden they all thought it was Sarah. Cindy wrestled for a week trying to figure this one out. How could they possibly do this, they were already Hosting their little boy, this was another Hosting Agency, would involve raising funds, flying to another city to pick her up. After a week she went to Dennis & when she showed him her picture & video he too thought it was his daughter Sarah. So they stepped in faith seeing what God would do. In a day He provided all her funds for Hosting and then He provided all her flight fees. When she landed on Dec. 19 in Texas & Cindy saw this tiny little one come through the doors, frightened, looking all around, not knowing where she was with tears in her little eyes. She scooped her up and immediately she knew and her heart broke knowing in just a month she would have to send her back. Little “A” fit into our family from the minute she stepped into their lives. She was another CHRISTmas Miracle, a Gift from God and when Cindy asked God how can we do this again, how can we send her back. God told her. I brought her to you. You have to send her back so I can bring her Home. So here they are again after raising their 8 children to Adults, 9 Grandchildren, God opened their hearts, their Home & family to Adoption … They will continue to step & follow … Will you help them bring their Precious Little “A” Home?
11/18/2019 — DOSSIER En ROUtE
While in process, a different family accepted the referral for their former host son “Tristan,” leaving the Challis family unsure how they should proceed. They talked about finding another teen, but their son felt that “Tristan” is his big brother and didn’t want anyone in “Tristan’s space.” Everyone was sad, and struggled to connect to another child again.
Enter “Ian,” AKA “The Cloudbuster,” with his huge grin like a shaft of sunlight forcing the clouds aside. Since their jobs have flexible schedules, allowing for a lot of one-on-one time, both parents have experience advocating for children with special needs, and their city has a renowned Down syndrome clinic a few miles away PLUS everyone in the family feeling something special for him, the family felt confident that Ian was the right child, and were thrilled to be matched to him.
Their son is ready to be a BIG brother now – he is already sewing him toy cars to play with. Tabitha is a librarian and Henry manages a property rental office so they need (like everyone) to fundraise a lot of money on the quick, and welcome all ideas! They appreciate any advice, prayer, encouragement or support anyone can offer.
They are approved for two children and are hopeful that they will be able to pursue a match with another Reece’s Rainbow child, but are holding off on a referral until they feel confident about funding the second set of fees.
11/11/2019 — COMPILING DOSSIER
The Challis family has a $5000 matching grant from RODS Racing! When their grant reaches $6174, they’ll receive an additional $5000!
The Scotts are a family of 5 living in South Carolina. With 3 boys at home ages 5, 8, and 10, Dan and Abby always knew that someday they wanted to add a sweet girl into the mix. After joining Reece’s Rainbow’s Facebook group they saw a precious young girl being advocated for and knew that she was meant to be their daughter. Through pursuing this adoption they have learned more about what it means to have special needs and how to care for their soon to be daughter who has moderate to severe Cerebral Palsy. What they used to see as a disability they now see as special abilities, she is so able and the special needs community has shown them that different abilities are something to be celebrated! They hope that their adoption will inspire others to step out in faith into the unknown and care for a child that will bring so much joy and open the mind of others to how capable special needs people really are. We hope that you join us on our journey in bringing our precious and wonderful daughter home!
9/6/2019 — AWAITING TRAVEL
We are adopting. In those three little words, there is so much meaning. They are the words that send our hearts soaring — it’s so surreal, has been SO long on our hearts, and the journey we’ve taken to this place looks nothing like we originally intended. But so it is with God.
His panoramic view has smashed our Polaroid at every turn. We can see only what is in front of us—the virtual snapshot of the life I’m living—and yet in his gracious goodness, He sees it all and is not shaken by the tidal wave of any one moment. His plan has been perfected in the waiting, and it is with great thankfulness and JOY that we find ourselves back here, in this space….waiting on His timing.
We are adopting from Eastern Europe. We plan to name this little girl Saylor – a name that means ‘rope’ or ‘tether’. Her name has become a metaphor for this entire adoption journey. Our hearts are tethered to a tiny baby living half a world away. We’re tethered by the promise of what is to come, by the permanence God has already spoken over our family and the intention with which He’s chosen us for one another. God has anchored this little girl to our very souls and she is a part of us–even now. The need is great and the families are few, and we believe she is worthy. We desire to proclaim God’s gracious goodness and intention over her precious life. She is worthy of being wanted. We have chosen to pursue this little girl as our beloved daughter with deep, loving intention.
We have four kiddos, ages 7, 5, 3, and 1 – two boys and two girls. I am a public school kindergarten teacher and my husband works for our state government. We aren’t uniquely qualified in any way to pursue an international adoption, but we love Jesus with all we’ve got and our steadfast faith is in Him alone. We believe that He will light this path as we walk forward to bring our baby girl home!
We are stepping out in bold faith and brave love. International adoption is daunting, on so many fronts. The financial implications – especially for our big and blessed family of six – are substantial. We know this will stretch us, but we also know that God is so much bigger. We know He delights in bringing orphans into their forever families, and we raise our arms to Him knowing He will make a way for us in this season. He’ll light the path, and we’ll walk it in JOY as we bring our girl home.
I always tell my three year old, as he’s running around the house at lightning speed with his eyes on the floor, “LOOK UP! Look up, so you can see where you’re going” Friends, will you look up with us? Will you fix your eyes on the One who adopted us ALL into His family as orphans, and will you help us bring this precious baby girl home?
12/20/2019 — AWAITING TRAVEL DATES
The Breitenstein Family has met their matching grant from RODS Racing!
*** Naheeda has received a for a $2,000 Grant! ***
Markus and Sarah Linke met at church 11 years ago and have now been married for 8 years. A lot has happened in their 8 years of marriage; from experiencing miscarriages, to dealing with infertility, to the adoption of their miracle baby Hope in 2013.
In the beginning of their relationship, long before they experienced infertility, Markus and Sarah realized they had a common desire to adopt. And in 2013, less than 2 years after they experienced the heartache of miscarriages, their baby girl Hope practically fell into their laps. She is by far the biggest blessing in their lives. In 2015, when Hope was 2 years old, they saw the profile of a little boy with special needs and decided to try to adopt again. But just as they were nearing the end of their home study, the foster family decided to adopt the little boy. So they decided to put adoption on hold for a little while. There is no guarantee in adoption; there are always risks. But they knew they had to try again! They have room in their hearts and home for more children, and Hope is so very excited to be a big sister!
Markus and Sarah feel so blessed and are thrilled to be on this adoption journey! They would greatly appreciate your prayers and welcome any financial support as they work hard to bring their son home as quickly as they can.
11/25/19 — HOPING to TRAVEL in FEB
Shannon and her family live in Maryland. Shannon is mom to her son Alex and her daughter Chelsea. Chelsea was adopted at 11 years old and lived most of her life in an orphanage. Chelsea spent much of her life being considered blind and in a wheelchair. In a short few months home, she is flourishing, wearing glasses, learning, and there is much hope she will soon walk. She has brought so much joy to their family and is a true testament to what love can do for a child. Shannon has always intended to adopt again and is prayerfully hopeful that the child she has seen on Reece’s Rainbow will become her daughter. This family has stated they have always had a heart for adoption and bringing Chelsea home solidified the place adoption has in their life. Chelsea is a low vision child and the family hopes to adopt another low vision girl. Chelsea and Alex are both excited about the idea of a new sister. Reece’s Rainbow helped bring Chelsea home. The family is so grateful to work with Reece’s Rainbow again as they begin their journey to adopt their second daughter. Shannon and her children thank you for your kindness, support, and generosity in helping bring an child home to a loving forever family.
12/4/2018 — COURT on DEC 30
*** Honor has received a $10,000 Older Child Grant ***
Larry and Angela met when Angela was still in high school and began dating several years later. Friendship blossomed into love and they married in 1993. Early on in their relationship they discussed their future plans for a family and decided that they would have at least one biological child but would also like to adopt at some point. They talked about the possibility of adopting a child with Down syndrome one day, since as a special education teacher Angela had always felt called to parent a child with special needs. Six years after getting married they had Holton, and for the next 9 years he was an only child. At that point, they realized that it was time to expand their family and they both agreed that it wasn’t important to them whether they brought any more children into the world, because there were plenty of kids who needed families and they would love them just as much whether or not they gave birth to them. In addition, they realized that there were many kids who were considered harder to place due to being older or having special needs. They wanted to provide a family for kids who may not otherwise have one. Their daughter Maili joined the family at the age of 4. She was born in China and was listed as having a congenital heart defect in addition to significant developmental delays due to hypoxia at birth. She brought a joy to their family that they had not even imagined possible, and two years later they returned to China to adopt another daughter. Callie was 6 years old at that time and only 8 months younger than Maili. She had a very rare heart condition but has thrived after having surgery. The girls quickly became inseparable and today these virtual twins are still the very best of friends. Now that the girls are almost teenagers, the Hornbuckles have decided that it is time to add to their joy once more by adopting a little boy with Down syndrome. The kids couldn’t be more excited about having a younger sibling to dote on, and Angela and Larry are ready to complete their family as they envisioned it almost 25 years ago. They feel particularly led to adopt a child with more significant medical and developmental disabilities who may have a harder time finding a family. In addition to Down Syndrome, Ethan has been diagnosed with a congenital heart defect (TOF) as well as tracheal and subglottic stenosis. He has a g tube and currently receives tube feedings.
Due to Ethan’s extensive medical needs, there will be increased medical expenses once he arrives home and they are trying to make sure that they are allowing for that in the monthly budget. Although they have the resources needed to raise this child, they do not yet have all of the resources they need to bring him home. Therefore they will have to rely on the understanding of grant selection committees and generous donors to help them come up with the final $7,000 or so they will need in order to bring this sweet boy home to his forever family in Georgia. The Hornbuckles believe that every child deserves a family regardless of their disability, and this little guy is no exception. They also believe that where God guides, He provides and they ask that you find it in your hearts to help Ethan come home to his forever family because they can’t wait to meet him!
6/12/2019 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED OCT 2018
In February, we felt a tug on our hearts that we were being called to pursue adoption. We immediately began praying and trying to determine which route of adoption was best for our family. After looking at all the opportunities available, we felt that international adoption was the best fit for our family.
At first, we felt that we were being called to pursue a child in China. We started researching and found that we would not be able to start the process until December because of China’s requirements regarding the age of your youngest child. However, we still felt that China was where we were meant to go, so we spent time praying and learning about what the future would hold for our family. During this time, we felt very strongly that we were being called to pursue a child with Down syndrome. Children with Down syndrome in other parts of the world often face deplorable conditions and are institutionalized once they age out of the orphanage system.
At the end of May, Sarah received an email with a picture of a little boy who lives in Eastern Europe. We were immediately drawn to his big brown eyes and his sweet smile. We knew the decision to pursue him would totally turn our plan upside down, but we also had no doubt that he was meant to be our son. On June 4, we submitted our letter of commitment. On July 1, the foreign government approved our commitment application! Now, it’s time to work hard to get our sweet boy home! We have decided to name him Alek. “Alek” is part of his birth name, and we wanted him to have a connection to his heritage.
We do not personally know Alek yet. What we do know is this: He has never had a momma to snuggle with him the morning. He has never experienced having his daddy read him a bedtime story. He doesn’t know what it feels like to snuggle up next to his sisters during a family movie night. He doesn’t have a favorite blanket or stuffed animal that he takes with him everywhere he goes. He has never known the love of a family, and we cannot wait to share that with him!
12/30/2019 — DOSSIER APPROVED; TRIP 1 in JANUARY
Deakyn has received a $2000 Grant.
Nick and Becky met in 2013. They fell in love with each other as well their families. They were married in 2016 to become a loving and supportive blended family with 3 amazing children between the two of them. Austin is 17, Jocelynn is 13, and Bill is 12. Their middle child, Jocelynn, has Down syndrome. They were part of a unique group of families joined by and extra chromosome.
Nick and Becky are adopting a child from Asia who is 13 years old and has Down Syndrome. After learning about how children age out of the system at the age of 14 and are no longer available for adoption, they knew that they needed to look into the idea of an international adoption. The thought of a child never having a loving family or a “forever” home was something that they didn’t want to see happen to another child.
Nick became very active in the local Down Syndrome Association. He is currently the Vice President of the organization. He chaired the Down Syndrome awareness Friendship Walk this year and has recently started an adaptive Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class for children and adults with special needs. Nick works as an electrical engineer.
Becky had spent several years on the local Down Syndrome Board, and still helps out with the education committee. She also volunteers as a parent and child advocate in school meetings to ensure that the schools can meet the needs of each individual child. She has worked in sales in the mental health field for the past 14 years.
Both Nick and Becky are active in their communities and have volunteered for Easter Seals raising funds for children with special needs. They are very excited about this new endeavor and the thought of having another member of their family to love. The entire family looks forward to the day she will be able to come home to her forever home.
1/16/2020 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED
*** Susan has received a $15,000 Older Child Grant! ***
When Scott saw a post about hosting orphans he knew God wanted us to do it. I thought he was crazy, but I quickly got on board. In just 8 short weeks we were hosting 15 year old Lena for the summer. Before we even met her God confirmed that Scott and I would be adopting her and making her a permanent part of our family, so we filed the required paperwork the week before Lena came to America. It was just in time; we had file it before she turned 16, and she celebrated her Sweet 16 after her second week with us! Part of this process required us to ask Lena if she wanted to be adopted, hearing her say yes was one of the greatest moments of my life. She has become our daughter, and seeing us together shows our mutual love in a way that shocked even me. We adore her…and we are so glad we listened to God’s calling.
This past week, as we are waiting for the approval from USCIS for Lena, an urgent call went out for parents to say yes to adopting a little boy with unspecified brain damage and congenital cataracts. His advocacy name is Oakley and we had seen his profile before, but we figured he would have parents committed in no time—just look at that smile! However, no one has come forward yet. We knew when seeing the new post that God was once again speaking and saying we were meant to be his parents.
Oakley is being transferred at the end of the year to an adult institution for people with special needs, and Oakley, this precious boy, is only four. The urgent post we received said he was not likely to survive in the institution if and when he was transferred there. Scott and I talked and prayed over the matter through the week, and then with God’s prompting committed to being Oakley’s parents. Our hearts are overjoyed! However, with this added joy comes an added expense which we are fundraising for in an attempt to make all of this that God has laid on our hearts possible.
The total for both adoptions is estimated to be $55,000; to this point we have spent $17,635. Next, we urgently need $15,400 which is needed for the team in country. The expenses up to this point do not include travel, lodging, and all of the other expenses we will incur with lost time at work and the variables that come with along with that and international travel.
We have three required trips to Eastern Europe as part of the adoption process. We firmly believe that God has asked, and God will provide. All of this is giving you a picture of the process we are going through, and because of the expenses we ask that you would please consider making a tax deductible donation to bring Lena and Oakley home. No amount is too small and we ask that you give what you are comfortable with knowing that it is truly changing lives. Thank you so much for anything you can do, and may God bless you for caring.
1/21/2020 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED
Tim (James) and Jennifer Hayden have been married for almost 5 years. Tim has 2 adult children from a previous marriage, and Jennifer has 4 children ranging in age from 14 to 20 years old. Jennifer is an RN who has worked with children with special needs since high school, and Tim has a natural gift with people that have extra challenges. One of Jennifer’s daughters was adopted from Uzbekistan 10 years ago and has taught this family a great deal about the world of special needs parenting. In fact, it was during her involvement in the Special Olympics that Tim and Jennifer fell in love with children and adults with Down Syndrome.
With all their children growing up, Tim and Jennifer felt that God was telling their hearts that they weren’t quite done with parenting. Out of a wish to give a child a family that needs one and also the desire to have the experience of raising a child together, they believe adoption is the best way to accomplish this. With Jennifer’s past experience with international adoption, and many friends in their church family coming from Asian heritage, adopting from China seemed a natural fit. After years of following Reece’s Rainbow’s ministry, they fell in love with LOUIS several months ago and prayed for him to be their son if it was God’s will. After many months of preparation, they have now been pre-approved for his adoption!
1/20/2020 — LOA RECEIVED
We are Galen & Yalonda Horst. We have been married 21 blessed years and God has touched our hearts and lives with 7 children; 4 biological children and 3 through the miracle of adoption. Our first 2 adoptions were from Guatemala and the last one was from China.
Adoption has touched our hearts and lives in a way that has changed us tremendously. We never dreamed, when we did our first 2 adoptions from Guatemala, that God would lead us to adopt a child from China who has Down Syndrome, but it has been another beautiful experience!
The transformation that Kyla has made in the past 2 years is nothing short of amazing! It was beautiful to see her personality unfold and come alive after coming to us as an unresponsive, shutdown, infant-like 2 year old. Now 2 years later she is hardly recognizable as the same child! She is so full of love, mischief, and humor!
So when another sweet little girl with Down Syndrome jumped off an advocacy page at us, we prayed fervently for an answer as to whether or not this was truly God calling us again. After much prayer, we felt God was telling us to step forward. So… we’re on our way to Asia again!
Our prayer for Kristi: “I pray that God would hold you in His arms until I can hold you in mine own!”
1/14/2020 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED
Abby and Adam met in 2012 and were married the following year. They live in the Pacific Northwest with their two children Leo (4) and Magnolia (2). Abby is currently on pause from being a special education teacher and will return to the classroom once her children are in school full-time, and Adam works as an Account Director for a digital marketing agency. Adoption had always been in the back of Adam and Abby’s mind, and they were unsure of when the timing would be just “right.” After talking about it for a year they knew it was time and they were ready to figure it all out. Near the middle of their home study process, they received an advocacy email from their adoption agency and in an instant, they knew that they were looking at their son. They are excited to be on this journey and look forward to welcoming a third child to their family!
1/7/20 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED
*** Davi has received a $2,000 Grant! ***
Meet the Chilton family. We are Jason, Donna, Katy, Clark, Brody, Callie and coming soon “Anna” as we will call her. We have been married for 11 years. Jason works as a safety director and Donna homeschools the kids.
After having two biological kids, Jason and Donna felt the call to adopt. In 2014, they brought siblings Katy and Brody home from Ukraine. Katy has Spina Bifida along with other complications. After almost five years home, the Chiltons have felt the call to adopt again. They knew from the moment they saw Anna’s face that it was meant to be. She has Spina Bifida like Katy. They are so excited to add sweet little Anna to their family.
12/3/2019 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED